33 1/3 is a delightful little series, I read their companion to neutral milk hotels “in the aeroplane over the sea” also. Unlike that though, this one was somewhat lacking in its analysis of the songs - focusing more about the general scene surrounding the times and the production aspect of it. Piper is of course Syd’s love child, before his music became more introspective and dark in places, avant garde instead of psychedelic. Still a great little read, and whats good about these types of books is they compare music and highlight influences, giving you a “go to” guide for songs related to those you like. I did however, give this to a friend for his birthday immediately after receiving it and reading in one sitting, and he appreciated the gift as much to his tastes. Overall a decent read. Also the right time for me to read it, seeing as Pink Floyd are releasing unheard material in a new album “"The Endless River" soon.
This is not another book about ‘mad Syd’. This, instead, is a celebration of a moment when everything seemed possible, when creative worlds and forces converged, when an album spoke with an entirely new voice. “Such music I never dreamed of,” as Rat said to Mole.